Union Square Choreography
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This class is designed for people interested in participating
in a large group performance piece. This piece is specifically
designed for the Union Square stage and it has been written with
that large stage (28' x 40') in mind.
The intention is to perform this 14 (actually it can be as few
as 8 people and as many as 24) person piece of choreography both
on December 11 (as part of the San Francisco Food Bank's Canned
food drive) and again as part of the Temple of Poi 2007 Fire Dancing
Expo (perhaps in a longer format) in April, 2007.
GlitterGirl has already written the choreography and selected
a song. The moves themselves are fairly simple and the choreography
was written with the intention of showing off large numbers of
people doing something simple in sync with cool blocking (movement)
rather than complex moves being the focus. The piece is approximately
3.5 minutes and involves 12 poi artists and 2 hoopers.
The class will meet 3 times for 80 minutes plus 2 dress rehearsals
of up to 2 hours each. Class 1 will be held at the Temple and
all other classes/practices will be held outdoors at the Palace
of Fine Arts (under the dome), rain or shine.
Students will have:
- an opportunity to work in communal environment to create
- learning about working in groups on group choreography
- a performance opportunity in union square on that amazing
- an opportunity to work with me as the choreographer/director
- create a mixed tool performance
What this means is you basically have to show up, learn your
part, and be committed to practicing on your own sufficiently
so that group practices are spent working on the overall group
flow of the piece.
All participants in the class are expected to perform on December
11, so please do not sign up for the class if you will not be
able to make the performance that evening. The performance will
begin at about 5 pm and you will need to be in Union square around
4:30, in costume.
I n order to ensure a high quality presentation, students who
do not know their part sufficiently well to learn it comfortably
by the performance (based on a conversation GlitterGirl will have
with the student) by the end of the first hour of the first dress
rehearsal will be cut from the performance and asked to watch
the rehearsals rather than participate.
November 6: 7:30-10:10 pm: (note: students will only need to attend
either the first half or the second half of this class)
All are welcome to observe both halves, though this is what is
7:30 - 8:50: This session will focus on teaching the basic moves
and overall structure to the main group.
8:50 - 10:10: This session will teach the 4 poi principle parts
as well as the two hoop parts.
Class 2: November 13: 7:50 -
Class 3: November 27: 7:50 -
Classes 2 and 3 will be repeated run throughs of the choreography,
drilling the piece for success, body memory and, in the 3rd section,
enhancing everyone's style.
Please note, if extra help is needed, I am willing to set
up additional sessions though students attending will have to
pay and additional fee for these sessions.
Dress 1: December 4: 7:50 -
Dress 2: December 6: 7:50 - 10:10
The first Dress Rehearsal will be repeated run throughs of the
piece with fire. The second dress rehearsal will be the same,
with everyone in their full costume. We'll break early if we do
three consecutive run throughs that are "perfect."
All artists will wear all black fire safe outfits, including socks
and all black shoes. Additional costuming material will be given
to the artists (theirs to keep as part of the class).
Tuition and Materials
Tuition for the classes (3 80 minute sessions) and dress rehearsals
(2 2 hour session) (5 nights total): $105
Permit fee contribution: $10
Fuel and spinout area contribution: $10
Costume materials: $10
There are three basic parts to the piece with the requirements
listed below. GlitterGirl will choose from the students who register
for the class who will have the principle parts based on style,
control, skill set and past performance experience.
Chorus poi artists should know:
- Overhand weave
- Underhand weave
- Right stall from weave to butterfly
- Left stall from weave to butterfly
- Angel (behind the head butterfly)
- Overhand thread the needle
- Double stalls with both hands
- Counter-clockwise corkscrew
Principle poi artists should know all of the above as well as:
- Overhand thread the needle over the head
- Interior corkscrew
- Buzzsaw with extensions
- Transitions from short poi butterfly to buzsaw (using open
- Underhand split interior corkscrew with transition to over
the head thread the needle and back again
- have excellent control and their own style as a freestyle
(short) solo section is part of this choreography
Hoop artists should know the following moves:
- Front to back plane reel (half will need it on one direction
and the other half in the other direction)
- Behind the back pass (half will need it on one direction and
the other half in the other direction)
- Barrel roll
- Front plane hoop isolation and stop
- Waist hooping
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